Rick Torres’ campaign bus was torched a few weeks ago at a storage lot in Stratford. He was planning to use the bus as a transport for his City Council race in Black Rock. So Torres went out and did the only sensible thing under the circumstances, he found himself a new set of wheels: a bike built for two. His council running mate is Phil Blagys. Hey, Phil, are you getting on that thing?
“Improvise,” says Torres, owner of the popular Harborview Market, about his new transport. When it comes to campaigning improvise is certainly the operative word. Republican-endorsed Torres and Blagys are challenging Democratic incumbents Sue Brannelly and Steve Stafstrom is what is the highest profile City Council race in the November general election. Shut out of council seats for several years, it’s a chance for Republicans to become relevant on the city’s legislative body.
Brannelly and Stafstrom are hard workers who’ve been going door-to-door in the district for several weeks. Black Rock School is the highest percentage turnout area of the city. Torres and Blagys will perform well at Black Rock School. Brannelly and Stafstrom will do the same at the Aquaculture School, the district’s other polling place. The battle in Black Rock will be something to watch. Will Brannelly and Stafstrom find their own bicycle built for two? Hey, don’t forget to pack absentee ballots!